Thursday, 12 June 2014
It is with great sadness that I have to announce the passing of Dr. Beverley Simeon Collins. I was shell-shocked when I heard of his sudden death and still am.
I first met Bev in 2010 at SCEP - the Summer Course in English Phonetics at UCL. I had the honour of giving some minor pieces of advice on the third edition of his Practical Phonetics and Phonology, which came out in 2013. We planned a workshop in 2014 for German teachers of English as a foreign language, which couldn't take place however, and so we postponed it to the coming year.
A friend and colleague is gone forever. His loss creates a huge void in the area of phonetics.
See also Jack Windsor Lewis's personal remarks on Bev's life and death, which are to be found here.